CIVIL WAR PERIOD CARPET BAG WITH IDENTIFICATION

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Item Code: 2023-2671

This bag is made of a very heavy carpet material that has the usual floral decorative pattern using multiple colors giving the bag an almost kaleidoscopic appearance.

The top is formed by an iron frame covered in black leather which is sewn to the carpet. Attached to the front of the bag is a white metal escutcheon with keyhole and the complete locking strap. Lock works and the key is present. Two leather handles are attached to the iron fame by large brass rivets. The iron frame has separated from the carpet in the corner of one side.

Bottom of the bag is lined with black leather that has two brass studs for the bag to rest on.

Overall, the body of the bag meas. approx. 18.00 inches wide x 12.50 inches tall and is in good condition.

Inside the bag it is lined with worn muslin that shows several stains as well as some stress separations. There is also a small interior pocket that is torn along one edge. Just above the pocket is a period ink stenciled name of “CHAS. MORSE.” Middle initial looks to be H. Ink is a bit worn so it is hard to tell for sure.

Inside the bag is a Xerox copy of the roster of the 17th Massachusetts showing a 2nd Lieutenant Charles Morse who resigned from the regiment in 1863 however it is near impossible to say for sure if this was his carpet bag as the stencil bears no unit designation.  [ad] [ph:L]

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